Salt mines and Moray

Becca’s dad is here in Cusco visiting with us.  On Monday we took a trip to the Sacred Valley and visited the salt mines and some Inca ruins called Moray.  I had only been to Moray once and the rest of the family had never been so it was a great to visit places we had never been. The salt mines have been around since the Inca times and don’t seem to be going any where any time soon. Moray is an impressive place as well. Both place are cheap to enter so if you are out that way they are great places to visit. The drive gives one a chance to witness the beauty of God’s creation.  Here are some pictures.

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Mountains on the way
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Another view
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at the salt mines
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each block or section belongs to a different family
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at Moray
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Moray
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Another view of Moray

9 years old

It has been a busy week for us!  When I returned from the jungle I met my father-in-law in Lima and we returned together to Cusco.  His visit was timed perfectly for Natali and Neomi’s 9th birthday, which we celebrated on Wednesday!  Grandpa brought a lot of goodies with him, as well as birthday presents for the girls!  The girls have been on “cloud 9” ever since his arrival.  On their birthday we also had a special visit from their Nene and Papaw Stanton. The Stanton’s have been missionaries for 30 years in Peru and had the girls in their custody before we did.  It was great to spend time with them for a few days and the girls were ecstatic to have them!  Needless to say, the girls made out pretty well for their birthday!

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Grandpa’s arrival
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Neomi
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Natali
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The girl’s wanted happy meals for their birthday

Pucallpa Trip

Last week I was privileged to be a part of a Bible conference in Pucallpa, Peru.  Pucallpa is a jungle city and this was my first time to be in the jungle.  It was hot and humid!  I was thankful that the hotel had air condition. There were at least 1,300 people in attendance.  Most of them came from churches in Pucallpa, Iquitos, Tingo Maria and Huanuco.  I was able to meet a lot of Peruvian pastors and missionaries and to make a lot of good contacts.  I was also privileged to preach two times at the conference.  It was a great experience and one that I won’t soon forget.  Here are some pictures:

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moto-taxis and motorcycles are the standard means of transportation
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school where the conference was held
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with some of the pastors
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crowd at night
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Lake Yarinacocha that leads to the Ucayali River